Sky upgrades explained
If you’ve ever seen a cheesy rom-com, you know how it goes. The lead character spends 90-odd minutes looking for their true love, before ultimately realising that The One is the friend who’s been with them all along. Cue emotional music, happy endings and lots of kissy stuff.
A solid formula and one that - believe it or not - can also apply when trying to get more out of a broadband or TV package. Look, just stick with us here, all right?
At broadbandchoices, we write a lot about how to find great value broadband and TV deals by switching providers. But sometimes the best option for improving your service can be found (cue sappy music) …at the provider you’re been with all along. See? Just like a rom-com, albeit with less kissing (although what happens between you and your router is your business).
Sky has loads of ways to upgrade your service, from extra channels on your TV, to superfast broadband with impressively nippy speeds.
What Sky upgrades can I get?
So you’re signed up with Sky for broadband, TV, or possibly even both, but you’re not satisfied your package gives you everything you want. Good news - it’s a problem easily remedied. You can upgrade your package at any time.
If you have Sky TV, with broadband from another provider, you can switch to Sky broadband at any time - it’s a good idea because bundling services together can typically save you… well, a bundle. Alternatively, if you already have broadband and want to give it a boost, you can do that too. Either way, here’s what you can get:
- Broadband Unlimited - Use the internet as much as you like without worrying about pesky download limits or Sky slowing down your connection at peak times. Get it here.
- Fibre - superfast broadband that’s perfect for families, people in shared houses, or anyone who likes to get the best out of the web. More information can be found here.
- Sky Fibre Unlimited - Sky’s best broadband gives you blisteringly fast download speeds and no limits, so you can watch on-demand TV online, play games and connect as many gadgets as you like with total peace of mind. Get it here.
For more information about Sky broadband, check out our guide.
If you want to add Sky TV to your package, or expand the number of channels you have access to, a simple upgrade will do the trick. Here’s just some of what you can get:
- The Family Bundle - if you want more to watch, this’ll do it. You get more than 50 entertainment channels, covering drama, comedy, kids’ shows, lifestyle, documentaries and more. You also get more than 300 box sets covering some great shows like the Flash, Penny Dreadful, New Girl and more. See the upgrade here.
- Sky Q - Sky's most comprehensive TV service of all gives you so much more. You can stop watching in one room, and pick it up in another; control everything through an app; and even upgrade to a 2TB box for a ridiculous amount of storage space.
- Sky Sports - gives you seven Sky Sports channels, showing Premier League football, the Sky Bet football league, Capital One Cup, Test Series cricket, every single Formula One race, European rugby, top-flight golf and more. Check it out here.
- Sky Cinema - gives you 11 channels devoted to films, from the latest superhero throw-downs to heart-warming Disney classics. Sky typically snaps up the big blockbusters first, so if you want the most recent films to watch on TV and on demand you need Sky Cinema. Get it here.
- Sky Go Extra - Every Sky TV package comes with Sky Go, which lets you watch live TV and on demand shows or films from the channels included in your package. Upgrading to Sky Go Extra lets you do a lot more with it - it’ll let you access it on more devices, watch Sky TV on games consoles, and download shows to watch offline later. Click here for more.
- Sky Multiscreen - Who wants to just watch TV in one room these days? Upgrade to this and you’ll get a Sky Multiscreen HD set top box, which lets you use Sky TV in other parts of the house. Plus it also includes Sky Go Extra, so you can use a games console to extend your viewing to even more rooms. Get more information here.
Should I upgrade my Sky package?
If there’s one thing we can say about Sky, it’s that it does a lot of stuff. Broadband stuff, on demand stuff - it has stuff coming out the wazoo. So as a general rule, if you want more Sky stuff, check out the upgrades.
But if you want some more considered advice, here you go:
Get an upgrade if:
- You want everything on one bill - if you take broadband and TV from different suppliers, you may want to get both together. Not only will it potentially work out cheaper, you’ll also have just one bill to deal with. Less hassle can only be a good thing.
- You want faster broadband - fibre optic broadband is fantastic if you use the web a lot. It’s more reliable than cheaper broadband, and fast enough that you can have multiple people use it at the same time without it becoming unusably slow. If you watch a lot of on-demand TV, or play video games, it’s highly recommended.
- You want more TV channels - If there’s a particular type of programme you or someone in your household wants to watch, kids’ shows or documentaries for example, you should upgrade to a package that gives them to you.
- You’re a film buff or sports fan - if you’re really into films, Sky Movies is the best option there is on TV, with the latest releases coming to the service first. Sky Sports has a little more competition from BT Sport, so whether it’s worth it for you depends on which sports you’re into. But for sheer quantity, Sky really can’t be beaten.
Don’t upgrade if:
- Your budget won’t allow it - all of these upgrades will raise your monthly bill, so don’t get one if you can’t afford it.
- You’re not happy with your current service - if you’re dissatisfied with the service you’ve received from your provider, it may not be the best idea to upgrade as you’ll be stuck with them even longer. In those cases, looking for alternate options that get you the channels or broadband you want would be a good idea - you can get Sky Sports from other providers, for example.
- You’re at or near the end of a contract - if your contract term is over, or nearly over, it may be better to find a new package that gives you everything you want for less money than sticking with what you already have. Make sure you compare deals before making any decision.